Casey Goodson was tragically killed in Columbus by a Franklin County deputy on his way home from a dentist appointment last Friday. He was a 23-year old Black man beloved by many family and friends. The news of another Black person killed by law enforcement in our own community can be emotionally brutal, especially for Black people and people of Color among us. Please reach out for pastoral care if you need extra support at this time. Contact our Senior Minister, Rev. Marian Stewart and Assistant Minister of Pastoral Care, Isabel Call, through the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-267-4946).
Casey’s mother, Tamala Payne, says of Casey, “My son, as I’ve stated a thousand times, was an amazing little boy. And he was still a little boy because he is always going to be my baby,” said Payne. “Just knowing that Jason Meade took his voice, he no longer has one. Therefore, I am his voice and I know that I have to be his voice. … I have to stand up for my son because, if I don’t, no one else will.”
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that Black Lives Matter, that Casey’s life matters, and we also have ways we can take action!
- Sign a petition for Casey Goodson
- Physically come to the Rally for Justice for Casey Goodson: Friday at 6:00 PM, Franklin County Courthouse, 373 S. High St. First UU will be joining the rally with banners and signs. We will socially distance and be wearing masks. Parking suggestion: Statehouse underground garage–then walk down High Street toward the courthouse.
- Be part of the rally from afar: make signs and drop them off at the church by 5:00 PM Friday.